Take an inside look into emerging markets and trends. Gain valuable new perspectives from HBN experts and our partners. Be inspired to know better.

There's What In My Body? A Look Into the Body Burden of HBN's Chief Research Officer

HBN | September 2019 | Newsletter

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “you are what you eat,” but what about “you are what you’re exposed to”? We come in contact with a variety of chemicals every single day, from the shampoo we use, to the paint on our walls. So how do we describe the load of chemicals in our body? A term called body burden. HBN’s Chief Research Officer explores her body burden and the choices she makes everyday that influences it. 

Home Depot Bans PFAS In Carpets & Rugs

HBN | September 2019 | Newsletter

The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced Sept. 17 that it will phase out the sale of all carpets and rugs containing PFAS chemicals, expanding the reach of its Chemical Strategy adopted in 2017. The company said it will stop purchasing for distribution in the U.S., Canada and online, any carpets or rugs containing PFAS chemicals by the end of 2019. The new policy has important implications beyond reducing the use of these chemicals, which are associated with serious health harm and last virtually forever in the environment. 

Quantifying the Impact of Product Choices

HBN | July 2019 | Newsletter

We know intrinsically that hazardous chemicals have the potential to do harm and that they commonly do so throughout a product’s life cycle. For champions of the healthy building cause, that understanding of the precautionary principle is enough. But others still need to be convinced and often want to quantify the impact of a healthy-material program. How can healthy building champions start to talk about and quantify the impacts of material choices?

Five Steps to Selecting and Installing Healthier Products - by Suzanne Drake

HBN | July 2019 | Newsletter

Each year arrives with seemingly more rules and regulations for building design and construction, leaving little to no room or incentive to consider incorporating the concept of “health” into buildings. Suzanne Drake, a Project Designer for WRNS Studio, provides five easy steps for applying healthier materials to projects. As a long-time champion of healthy materials, she bridges the gap between creating beautiful, functional spaces, and those that are healthy. Check out the article to learn more about concrete steps you can take to promote healthy, thriving spaces.

Could Chemical Exposures Increase Your Chance of Catching a Cold?

HBN | June 2019 | Newsletter

Followers of our work at Healthy Building Network are well-versed in the broad range of impacts that chemical exposures can have on our health. Many chemicals that are common in building materials have been linked to cancer, asthma, and effects on the endocrine system.1 Did you also know that more and more studies suggest links between exposure to certain chemicals and our immune systems’ ability to fight infectious diseases? Or that chemicals may contribute to stronger, more antibiotic-resistant bacteria?